ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia Tech coach Chan Gailey was not impressed Wednesday when national recruiting experts applauded his class of 20 signees. Gailey was more taken with the fact the signees are so fond of the class.
Thanks in part to the new teen-friendly communication avenues now available -- including cell phone text messages and Internet sites -- the Georgia Tech class is as notable for its immediate close bond as for its high national rankings. According to Chamblee High's Roddy Jones, one of two running backs in the class, the players began to bond early in recruiting, even before most gave verbal commitments to Tech.
Scout-dot-com rates the class of signees as the second-best in the Atlantic Coast Conference and Number 14 in the nation -- three spots ahead of Georgia. Rivals-dot-com ranks Tech's class Number 20 in the nation, behind Georgia's Number 9 ranking.
By any measure, the class boasts balance and talent, with four of the top 10 players in Georgia, according to Scout-dot-com. They are quarterback Josh Nesbitt of Greensboro; Jonathan Dwyer, a running back from Kell High in Marietta; Nick Claytor, an offensive tackle from Gainesville, and safety-wide receiver D.J. Donley of Charlton County.